Williamson County residents Austin Cushey and Austin Newell celebrate earning Eagle Scout.
The two Austins received their award in a joint Court of Honor ceremony on February 9, 2019 at Rolling Hills Community Church.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Cushey (Michelle), 18-year-old Austin will graduate from Summit High School this year. He and his family live in Spring Hill. On his trek to Eagle, he attained 31 badges and 87 camping nights and was awarded the Camping Gold Award and the Bronze Eagle Palm. For his Eagle Scout project, Austin helped the youth at Rolling Hills Community Church re-mulch the church’s playground to ensure safety for the children who play on it. Cushey also built two benches to give students, parents, and teachers a place to relax while on the playground. The project took roughly 180 man-hours to complete. Cushey plans to attend MTSU and major in Business and minor in Spanish.
A fellow 18-year-old senior at Summit, Austin Newell is the son of Dewayne and Melissa Newell, who also live in Spring Hill. He attained 25 merit badges and 63 camping nights, along with the Arrow of Light, Order of the Arrow, Camping Gold and God and Family Awards. For his Eagle project, Austin led a team that built five park benches for the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department at the Downs Boulevard soccer fields. Newell plans to enter Columbia State this fall.
Eagle is the highest rank in Scouting, an honor that only about 5 percent of all Boy Scouts ever attain. Only 1.7 million Scouts have earned the rank since 1910, when Scouting began in the U.S. Troop #137 makes a concerted effort to encourage all of its Scouts towards this achievement.